You will need a thorough dental exam before getting your wisdom teeth extracted. Depending on this exam, the dental professional will be able to give you an estimated cost of having them pulled. In most cases, it is a simple surgical procedure with very little risk of complication. But more complicated cases may require dental surgeons which can drive the costs of a wisdom tooth extraction up.
What are the Factors Influencing the Cost of a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
The costs of wisdom tooth extractions will vary depending on each patient’s individual situation. Three things that will need to be factored in include:
- Complexity or simplicity of the required procedure
- How long the procedure is going to take to completion
- How the tooth is arranged in the jaw
- Type of anesthetic agent to be used
- Number of wisdom teeth to be pulled
How the Costs are Figured
In most instances, wisdom teeth extraction occurs at the dental office and a general anesthetic is used. Most of the time, the fee is $300, but many dentists add $55 for each 15-minute block of time they are required to apply the anesthetic. As a general rule, a simple extraction should cost between $75 and $200 per tooth. If the tooth is impacted it will cost more. A single impacted tooth will typically cost between $225 and $600 to be extracted. If a patient has all four wisdom teeth, and they are impacted, the cost will be around $1000 to $3000 per tooth extraction.
Should I have my Dentist or an Oral Surgeon Extract my Wisdom Teeth?
Usually, a dentist can do a straight forward extraction. If the teeth are impacted or they are coming in at an angle, a specialist, or oral surgeon may be needed to complete the procedure. An oral surgeon is going to cost more than a general dentist.